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AG Report Reveals Breaches Affect 2.5 Million in 2012

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

July 2, 2013

According to a first-of-its-kind report released Monday by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, 2.5 million Californians had personal information put at risk because of electronic data breaches in 2012. Had companies encrypted data when sending it outside of a network, 1.4 million Californians would have been protected. Retail establishments were the worst offenders. Noting the dangers inherent to individuals’ privacy, finances and even personal security, Harris said companies and government agencies “must do more to protect people by protecting data.” Meanwhile, Blizzard Entertainment has asked a California federal judge to dismiss a multi-million dollar class-action filed after a data breach, stating the plaintiffs have not alleged “actual harm.”
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